Our Staff

GP Partners

Dr Kate Ealing

MB BS MRCGP DRCOG DCH DFFP Registered U.K. 1994.

I qualified in 1994 from Kings College, London and completed GP training in Kent in 1998. I then worked as a GP in the Oxfordshire area for a few years, before moving to the North West in 2002, joining Stacksteads & Bacup surgeries. I became a partner at Irwell Medical Practice in 2005. My interests are in child health, contraception, sexual and women’s health, fitting contraceptive implants and coils at the practice. I am the lead for cancer and end of life care, as well as a GP trainer.

Dr John O'Malley

MB Chb DRCOG Registered U.K. 1992.

I trained in St. Andrews and Manchester, qualifying in 1991. I then worked in various hospitals and practices around Manchester before coming to Bacup in 2001. I enjoy minor surgery and have a special interest in diabetes.

Dr Tom Wade


After completing my medical degree in Manchester I undertook my GP training in Easy Lancashire and was a trainee at IMP before I qualified. I have an interest in dermatology and minor surgery and also do joint injections. More recently I have become involved in training junior doctors, aspiring GP's and other health professionals. In my spare time I try to ride my bike whenever possible!

Dr Afraz Zafar


After qualifying from Manchester Medical School in 2007, I worked in hospitals in the Pennine and East Lancashire areas, across a variety of specialities. I came to Bacup in 2011 as a GP Trainee and qualified as a GP in 2012. I have been in Bacup ever since and enjoy working here.

Dr Rebecca Roxburgh


I am originally from Lancashire but trained at the Imperial College school of medicine in London. My first job was a junior doctor post in London and following this I came back up to Lancashire. I spent a short time travelling and working in New Zealand. When I came back I worked in a number of different medical specialities before deciding to become a GP.

Dr Sam Smith


After completing my medical degree in Liverpool in 2011, I have worked in Warrington and New Zealand before coming to East Lancashire and Bacup for GP training. I have since worked in other practices but opted to return to Bacup. I have an interest in minor surgery and joint injections. I also speak French.

Salaried Doctors

Dr Patricia WIlkinson

MB ChB DFSRH Registered UK 1989

Trained in Manchester, qualified in 1989 and have worked in East Lancashire. Since then, I joined what was Stacksteads practice in 1997 and Irwell Medical Practice when they merged in 2005. My main interest is in family planning and I am an instructing doctor in this. I also chair one of the research ethics committees.

Dr Katherine Thompson


I qualified from Manchester Medical School in 2005, following which I worked across a variety of specialities in hospitals around Manchester until moving to East Lancashire for my general practice training. I came to Irwell Medical Practice as part of this and have stayed here since I completed my training in 2014.

Dr Kirstie Caine

I am originally from Kent but trained at Manchester Medical School, after which I worked in hospitals and practices across the Pennine area. I joined Irwell Medical Practice in 2018 and am enjoying working in the Bacup area.

Practice Management

Pauline Aspinall

Strategic Manager

I have worked in General Practice for over twenty years, starting as a Medical Receptionist, progressing through to my current role as Strategic Manager at Irwell Medical Practice. I am an experienced manager responsible for running the Business side of the practice. I deal with all financial issues, human resources, and developing the Practice for the future. I am delighted and proud to be part of the Irwell Medical Practice team and assisting in the delivery of high quality patient services to all those registered at the practice and in the Rossendale Locality. I am a local girl and I want to see my locality be as healthy and well lead as it can be. I am passionate about staff development and training hence my involvement as joint Lead in the Pennine Lancashire Training Hub. I believe in upskilling and skill mixing in practice, the introduction of new staff roles into General Practice will, I believe, ensure the survival of our NHS for future generations.

Jessica Thompson

Practice Manager

I started working at Irwell Medical Practice in January 2012 as a Medical Receptionist. Since then I have undergone lots of training including the Amspar Level 5 Diploma in Primary Care Management and have progressed to my current role of Practice Manager. As the Practice Manager I am responsible for the day to day running of the Practice, human resources for all non-clinical staff, complaints, compliments + patient feedback, internal + external training for the Practice, quality assurance + CQC and deputising for the Strategic Manager when necessary. I am passionate about offering an accessible and excellent service to our patients and am heavily involved with our Patient Participation Group.

Jack Morris

Operations Co-Ordinator

I started work here at Irwell back in May 2014 as a Receptionist. My Dad was previously a GP partner here and recommended the role for me. Three years afterwards I was promoted to Reception Co-Ordinator and as of April 2021 I was promoted again to Operations Co-Ordinator. This role involves much more contact with the management team, involving Pauline the Strategic Manager, Jess the Practice Manager and Angela the Nurse Lead. I am expected to handle a variety of tasks that will ensure the smooth daily operations of the practice. This includes jobs such as adding GP and nurse appointments, overlooking the recall system, assisting with project management and much, much more.

Advanced Nurse & Clinical Practitioners

In order to see as many patients as possible, Irwell Medical Practice currently has one Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a Advanced Clinical Practitioner, and 3 Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioners. They are experienced clinicians who have undergone higher level training in a variety of subjects. They see patients on a day to day basis like a GP would and are able to assess, diagnose, treat and refer in accordance with local policy and guidelines. They have or will have a prescribing qualification and are able to prescribe within their own clearly defined remit. ANP’s/ACP's are health promoters that bridge the gap between nurses and GP’s. They often have their own specialist areas and are able to improve access to the surgery. The ANP's/ACP's at Irwell Medical Practice are improving access with the GP’s to ensure that acutely unwell patients are seen quickly and by the appropriate person.

Angela Ormrod

Practice Nurse Team Leader & Advanced Clinical Practitioner - Diploma in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diploma in Higher Education in pre-registration Nursing Adult, BSC Professional Practice, Diploma in Asthma, Preparation of Mentors.

Nurse Manager

Lisa Collins

Practice Clinical Pharmacist / Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Ellie Wiseman

Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Nursing Team

Angela Ormrod

Practice Nurse Team Leader & Advanced Clinical Practitioner - Diploma in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diploma in Higher Education in pre-registration Nursing Adult, BSC Professional Practice, Diploma in Asthma, Preparation of Mentors.

Nurse Manager

Joanne Hartley

BSc Hons in Adult Nursing

Practice Nurse

Jessica Berry

Practice Nurse

Chloe Lord

Practice Nurse

Deanne Lewis

Practice Nurse

Nyomi Hope

Level 2 NVQ & 3 NVQ in Care.

Nurse Associate

Deborah Walton

Level 2 Award: Health Care Assistant in Primary & Community Care, NVQ 2 in Care, NVQ 3 in Care

Health Care Assistant

Rebecca Parkes

Health Care Assistant

Jess Smith

Trainee Nurse Associate

Samantha Heaton

Trainee Nurse Associate

Pharmacy Team

Nicola Zablotny

Lisa Collins

Practice Clinical Pharmacist / Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Noreen Ahmed

Physician Associate

Victoria Thomas-Hui

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Deborah Dewhurst

Social Prescriber

First Contact Physiotherapist

Euwan Osbourne

Mobeen Janjua

Health & Wellbeing Coach

Jack Endersby

Secretarial Team

Julie Nuttall

Medical Secretary Lead

Janet Aston

Medical Secretary

Hana Buckle

Medical Secretary

Deborah Maule

Care Co-Ordinator / Secretary


Natalie White

Administration Team Lead

Rebecca Henderson

Data Quality Co-Ordinator

Branden Golden

Data Quality Administrator

Donna Richmond

Business & Finance Officer

Zoe Booth

Medical Administrator

Natasha Millar

Medical Administrator

Natasha Freeman

Office Junior

Care Co-Ordinators & Prescribing Team

We employ Care Co-Ordinators, who are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the Doctors. They do their best to keep both Doctors and patients happy and are always on hand to help and support you where they can. The number of services available to patients at the moment is growing, and will only keep growing. Our Care Co-Ordinators are trained to direct you to the best possible service. As you can appreciate this is a very demanding and difficult job so please be bear with them and be a patient patient.

Shona O'Hara

Senior Care Co-Ordinator

Anita Stansfield

Prescriptions Lead

Abigail Gardner

Trainee Prescriptions Lead

Deborah Maule

Care Co-Ordinator / Secretary

Claire Howarth

Care Co-Ordinator

Clare Boulton

Care Co-Ordinator

Pia Steer

Care Co-Ordinator

Phoebe Usher

Care Co-Ordinator

Lucy Needham

Care Co-Ordinator

Sharna Richardson

Care Co-Ordinator

Demi Beresford

Prescriptions Clerk